CELEBRATING 28 YEARS ON STEWART STREET
From 5pm August 30, 2012
Special Guest: Katrine Elliot
The Devonport Regional Gallery is celebrating its 28th Anniversary at its current location – the former Baptist Church in Stewart Street Devonport. We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us on the 30 August 2012 from 5pm.
In 1984, on a cold August night, the former Baptist Church was filled with a ‘congregation’ of 150 people who came to celebrate the official opening of the Gallery – then known as the Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre. Entertainment included Devonport’s Renae Singers and a brass trio. The Governor of the day, Sir James Plimsoll, opened the Gallery observing ‘ it was essential every city should have a centre where art could be displayed’ and he pointed out the importance of a gallery being close to the city. The opening exhibition was a retrospective of Edith Holmes and Dorothy Stoner’s paintings and drawings.
Much has changed since the official opening 28 years ago – Directors have come and gone, exhibitions have toured and new programming has ensured a constant stream of local visitors and tourists. Walls have been added, flooring replaced, and new additions such as The Little Gallery and The Little Shop have served to make the Gallery an enriching experience for all who visit.
So rug up and join staff and Friends of the Gallery with a glass of champagne and cake to celebrate the rich and diverse life of our Gallery on Stewart Street.
Education and Public Programs Officer
Devonport Regional Gallery 45-47 Stewart Street Devoport 7310